The Deacon 1600 Christian Street • Philadelphia • PA 19146


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Why You'll Love This Place

A Here Comes The Guide Wedding Venue Review
  • Built in 1906 and formerly home to the First African Baptist Church, this stunning space has been reimagined as a boutique hotel and event venue, with every detail lovingly and artfully curated for a memorable guest experience.
  • Inside, you’ll find vaulted ceilings, arched windows, and blonde wood flooring, accented by minimalist design details like sculptural light fixtures, an open-concept kitchen, and a sleek suspension staircase.
  • Overnight guests will love the stylish rooms, as well as the access to Graduate Hospital neighborhood’s vibrant offerings—shops, galleries, nightlife, and more—all within easy walking distance.


A Weekend in the Sanctuary
This full weekend rental
includes your event space and eight unique hotel rooms with accommodations for up to 26 guests Friday & Saturday night. With this option, the space is yours for the weekend—host your rehearsal dinner, wedding, and post-wedding brunch, all at The Deacon! Check-in is Friday at 2pm, check-out is Sunday at noon.

$9,500 off-peak | $10,500 peak

PRICES: What's this going to cost?

Rental Fee
  • $4,700–11,500/event
  • Rental fee varies depending on:
    • Day of week
    • Time of year
    • Event duration
    • Year

  • Single day wedding rentals range $4,700–8,500 depending on the day of the week and time of year.

    A Weekend in the Sanctuary packages range $10,500–11,500.
    This includes access to the venue over the course of the wedding weekend for various events, plus 8 hotel rooms accommodating 26 people for a two-night stay.

Meals (when priced separately)
  • Arrange through an outside caterer.
Additional Info
  • Holiday weddings incur an additional $1,500 fee. Hotel rates are separate and range $1,500–2,700/night depending on the day of the week and time of year.


Indoors Outdoors
Ceremony Seated 150 0
Cocktails, etc. Standing 200 0
Reception Seated 100 0
Meetings Total meeting capacity for this venue is 150.

Venue Details

Site Uses

  • Ceremony
  • Wedding Receptions
  • Elopement Packages
  • Small Wedding
  • Rehearsal Dinner
  • Special Events / Parties
  • Business Functions / Meetings
  • On-Site Accommodations
  • Late Night
  • LGBTQ+ Friendly

Essential Info


$ • $$


Preferred list



Amplified Music

Some restrictions

Wheelchair Access

Not wheelchair accessible


Year-round, daily. Peak season runs May–October; off-peak season runs November–April.

Venue Type

Buildings & other settings available:

  • Art Gallery
  • Conference Center
  • Historic / Landmark Building
  • Hotel
  • Loft / Warehouse / Industrial
  • Retreat
  • Unique

Venue Views

Peep the views you’ll enjoy from this venue!

  • Cityscape


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